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Legalization of marijuana takes major step forward Uruguay

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Legalization of marijuana takes major step forward Uruguay

Postby zboy1 » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:04 pm

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/p ... -1.1414395

Uruguay's lower house votes to legalize marijuana
http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/31/world/ame ... index.html

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How awesome is that! Maybe Uruguay can become the next Amsterdam?
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Postby Jester » Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:14 pm

Objectively speaking, for the non-potsmoker, I wonder what the effects would be...

More illegitimate babies and single moms...
More grinning idiots to deal with in bars...
More hyper-sensitive, touchy young men...
Even less economic growth...

It seems to me that a sleepy, stagnant country like Uruguay, with its young people leaving, needs to open free coffee stands, rather than legalize pot.
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Postby Repatriate » Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:05 pm

Jester wrote:Objectively speaking, for the non-potsmoker, I wonder what the effects would be...

More illegitimate babies and single moms...
More grinning idiots to deal with in bars...
More hyper-sensitive, touchy young men...
Even less economic growth...

It seems to me that a sleepy, stagnant country like Uruguay, with its young people leaving, needs to open free coffee stands, rather than legalize pot.


You would have to do a lot to prove that these would be the effects of pot legalization. The drug war is basically all connected to the military industrial complex and corporate prison system. It has nothing to do with actually being more harmful than the existing legal drugs like alcohol or nicotine.
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Postby Jester » Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:03 pm

Repatriate wrote:
Jester wrote:Objectively speaking, for the non-potsmoker, I wonder what the effects would be...

More illegitimate babies and single moms...
More grinning idiots to deal with in bars...
More hyper-sensitive, touchy young men...
Even less economic growth...

It seems to me that a sleepy, stagnant country like Uruguay, with its young people leaving, needs to open free coffee stands, rather than legalize pot.


You would have to do a lot to prove that these would be the effects of pot legalization. The drug war is basically all connected to the military industrial complex and corporate prison system. It has nothing to do with actually being more harmful than the existing legal drugs like alcohol or nicotine.


I don't disagree. I am aware that DEA routinely allows CIA-connected drug shipments through from Latin America, while unprotected shipments have to take their chances. The ongoing "war" is good business for many.

Still, do you think marijuana use by young men should be encouraged? There is a big difference between arms-length tolerance, and advocacy.

It's not very harmful in the short term. But I tell everyone that marijuana is one of the most addictive drugs. Not one of the most harmful, but one of the most addictive. How do I know this? Simple. It's the only drug that has passionate advocates. "Hemp will solve all problems and bring world peace", etc. Men are pussy-whipped by this subtle weed.
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